First, an easy run
Monday 5.0 miles/45:16/9:04 average pace
Got to run with Zach which was nice. :) The run felt nice and easy.
Tuesday I we went swimming in the morning- I did 500 m (250 crawl, 250 pull).
Wednesday 10.0/1:26:58/8:42 average pace
I drove over to the Pleasanton SportPark after work for my intervals. It's a big collection of baseball and soccer fields with a paved path around the perimiter. It's about 2 miles around, so long enough to not get completely sick of looping around. There's always some games going on and some people to watch, plus there's water and restrooms galore. I like that it's called the SportPark (one word) and over time I've Germanized it and call it Der Sportenpark. I'm so international.
So my workout was a basic 4 x 800 (1/2 mile) with 1/4 mile recoveries.
2 miles warm up in 18:04 (9:02 average)
4 x 800 in 3:25, 3:27, 3:29, 3:23 =average 3:36 (6:52 pace)
Then I still had 5 miles to run. I was kinda tired and it was windy and COLD! I wished I had a long sleeve shirt to throw on. But I just sucked it up and froze. I did one more loop around der Sportenpark then decided enough of that, and ran the last few miles on a dirt canal trail in Pleasanton. It was extra windy there, so not the best choice. I was really glad to be done finally! :) It was a good mental toughness practice, as well as a speed workout. Amazingly, the speed intervals weren't that bad! That's two speed workouts now without cramping, heaving, or crying! Go me!!
This morning I was a little sore, but I got up and went to the gym with Zach for another 500 m. This time I just swam freestyle the whole time.
Tomorrow I'm going to do some easy miles and then Saturday 20 miles. Then I guess it's taper time! It's weird that I"m not burnt out- usually the taper comes just in time. Let's hope I can carry this mojo right on to Boston!